The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is leading implementation of a $500,000 federal grant, Sodium Reduction in Communities Program, locally known as Healthy Works: Sodium Reduction Initiative. This two-year initiative (2014-2016) is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Sodium Reduction Initiative focuses on increasing the number of healthy, low-sodium choices for meals sold in County of San Diego worksite cafeterias and served to seniors, psychiatric hospital patients, juvenile and adult detainees, and children in foster care group homes.
The Sodium Reduction Initiative’s goal is to reduce sodium in meals by 5% in each of the two years of the program. This is to be achieved through a combination of changes to procurement procedures, practices, products, and promotion. The four venues targeted for sodium reduction activities are administered by the following County groups and departments: HHSA (Aging & Independence Services and Behavioral Health Services), Public Safety Group (San Diego County Sheriff’s Department), and Finance and General Government Group (Department of General Services). These efforts support the County of San Diego’s comprehensive chronic disease prevention approaches, which are collectively referred to as Healthy Works.
Food service operators participating in the Sodium Reduction Initiative include:
- City of National City (contractor for senior meals site)
- CulinArt (lease-holder at the County Operations Center worksite cafeteria)
- Food Management Associates (contractor for County of San Diego Psychiatric Hospital)
- San Diego County Sheriff’s Food Services
Webpage last updated 02/19/2016.